The dancing class

Written by Anirudh Vohra | Updated: Sep 14 2014, 07:40am hrs
Hofesh Shechter is one of Britains most popular artists, renowned not only for his choreography, but also for composing raw atmospheric musical scores for his dance works. Now, Indian dance enthusiasts have the opportunity to learn from the creative genius who is in India this month to perform his latest work, Political Mother, as part of Impulse 2, the British Councils dance festival. Shechter has also been conducting workshops, masterclasses and lectures in the country. We have come to India for a five-city (Kolkata, Bangalore, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai) tour spread out over a month. We are also holding workshops across the cities we present in, Shechter says.

Acknowledging the massive talent that the country has, Shechter says, I see a lot of energy and enthusiasm in dancers here, but I havent had a chance to see them dance as yet. Hopefully, I will be coming to India more often now, so watching Indian contemporary dancers perform is on my list.

When asked about the lack of support from the government towards the Indian cultural scene, Shechter says, The basic problem is the lack of awareness. The answer lies in bringing these artists in the limelight.

Shechters Hofesh Shechter Company, which has performed in Europe, Asia, North America, Australia and, recently, South America and West Asia, will be performing Political Mother in Kolkata on September 14, Bangalore on September 17 and Chennai on September 20, as part of Impulse 2, the British Councils annual festival of dance. The act was staged earlier this month in Delhi (September 9) and Hyderabad (September 5).

Pulsating live music, extraordinary ensemble sequences and cinematic editing make Political Mother a dance experience like no other. Performed by 10 dancers, Political Mother is accompanied by Shechters cinematic score featuring a band of live drummers and electric guitarists.